About the course
Brand new for 2020, the Multimedia Journalism course will provide you with real life projects which will allow you to explore your creativity through a mixed blend of both written and multimedia platforms.
A modern journalist requires not only exemplary written skills, but the ability to produce their own work to a high standard on a variety of multimedia platforms such as VLOGs/BLOGs and websites using both video and audio. This course provides you with 360 knowledge of the skills you will need to progress your career, or continue on to further specialist study at University.
Working alongside our other creative courses, such as Film and Media Production, Broadcasting and Digital Media Production and Popular Music, you will develop your reporting, research, interviewing and writing skills and apply this to a range of projects such as investigative journalism, documentaries, feature article writing, breaking news reporting, outside broadcasting, VLOGS/BLOGS, multimedia storytelling, reviewing and social media promotion.
The course is supported by a fundamental understanding of production techniques, such as camera and lighting operation, image capture, audio and film editing.
Candidates will need either a minimum of five GCSEs Grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification. You must have a minimum of a grade 5 in English.
You will have the opportunity to discuss the course content and course requirements during your interview, when we will also discuss your long-term aspirations. We specifically look for applicants who can demonstrate that they are motivated, who manage their own time well and can work within a team and have the flexibility to work on projects out of normal college hours.
You will complete this course with a UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology (equivalent to 3 A Levels at A* for a distinction overall)
Year one is graded as a Level 3 Diploma and year two as an Extended Diploma. Your final grade at the end of each year will be pass, merit or distinction. The full two year Extended Diploma qualification attracts 72, 120 and 168 UCAS tariff points for Pass, Merit and Distinction grades respectively.
What you'll learn (core modules)
Throughout the course you will develop core skills in journalism and multimedia production (camera, audio and software).
You will explore fundamental journalistic skills to help develop your research, writing and interview techniques and apply this to different types of journalism such as news reporting, investigative, feature and columnist.
You will realise your work through active projects which will require you to develop skills in camera operation, audio recording and editing and video editing. The course will include elements of creative writing, such as poetry and storytelling/scriptwriting. As per the industry you are training to enter, you will be required to go out into the local community to cover stories, investigate local activities and to carry out 40 hours work experience each year, therefore you will be expected to work outside of timetabled college hours.
Benefits, skills and character strengths
We have a culture of outstanding standards. All courses require resilience, determination to succeed and professional conduct. Full attendance and meeting assignment deadlines is critical to success. We are preparing individuals for university education and employment. Building character strengths and ambition underpins everything we do which will ensure you stand out from the competition.
How will I be assessed?
There are no exams for any of our qualifications (with the exception of GCSE/FS).
You will produce an ongoing portfolio of work, demonstrating your skills in each area. Primarily, project work consists of research, practical work and evaluative skills.
Ongoing feedback and individual targets are provided at key milestones to support continuous improvement. All portfolio work is assessed and verified internally, however the Final Major Project in term 3 is moderated externally. Final qualifications are awarded at either a Pass, Merit or Distinction level (with a Distinction equating to 3 X A* at A-level)
Where will the course take me?
This course will enable you to progress on to University or enable you to start working freelance within the industry. We will work with you throughout the two years to ensure you have as clear pathway for further study or work. Higher Education courses include Journalism, Broadcasting and Multimedia Creative Writing.
Days & times
Starting September 2020